Monday, June 30, 2008

Update 6/30

Hi everyone,

Well, this is it. Kelsey and I have been preparing ourselves the best we can for Mason's first surgery. He will head to the operating room tomorrow sometime around 7:00-7:30am.

Many prayers have been said over the past several months by us and by all of you. Thank you so much for the outpouring of support. Kelsey and I are confident that tomorrow will soon pass and it won't be long before we are wiping mud off his clothes, putting him in timeout, or working with him on his homework. Tomorrow is just the first step in a relatively short process compared to the rest of his life.

The blood clot in his leg did not get much better so it is something his body will have to adapt to. His body will adjust to the clot and form additional vessels for blood to flow back up to the heart (isn't God incredible?). So, if you're wondering if there is a chance the clot could break and cause issues we have been assured that that typically only occurs in adults.

As for the surgery, Kelsey and I met with Dr. McMullen today. He will be one of the doctors working on Mason. He went through the surgical process which included a lot of words that I had no idea existed, but we were able to get the jist of what he was saying. Of course, he couldn't let us go without telling us the risks. As with any surgery the risks are great, but the alternative is unacceptable. The operation should take 3-4 hours, but with prep'ing and transfering it won't be until 3:00 or 4:00pm that we get to see Mason.

Kelsey and I met another couple that has a son with the same heart defect. They are very nice people and believe in the same powerful God that we do. There little boy, Jeremiah, had surgery today and is recovering. It was very hard for them to see there little boy in such tough shape after the surgery was complete, but they seem to be a strong couple of faith that understands this is just a very tough stage of a necessary process, as do we. Please keep them in your prayers as you pray for Mason.

I will try to give another update tomorrow night, I am not quite sure how the day will go. But as soon as I am able, I will keep you all informed.

Thank you,

Greg & Kelsey

Friday, June 27, 2008

Update

Hi Friends,

Mason has been doing pretty good the last couple days. He seems to be taking shape right before our eyes. It's so funny to see how big he looks compared to the other babies. That should fair him well when it comes time for surgery.

Please pray for a blood clot to clear that has formed in his leg. This in not uncommon, however it would obviously be nice to get it taken care of sooner rather than later. They have put him on some additional medication to break up the clot. The doctors are going to do an ultrasound on Sunday to see if the medication is having an effect.

As of right now the surgery is scheduled for this Tuesday, 7/1. If the clot does not get better or takes longer than they would like to clear it could postpone the surgery. Obviously, Kelsey and I don't want this surgery to take place, but we know it is inevitable so additional delays make things pretty tough on us emotionally. We know there are going to be bumps in the road as we progress towards getting Mason healthy, we would just like to see those bumps be as little as possible.

We will let everybody know once we have any new information on the clot and if his surgery gets moved.

Thanks for checking in Mason,

Greg & Kelsey

Monday, June 23, 2008

Moving Right Along

Friends,

Not a whole lot of new information to share, which is I guess an update in itself. The team of cariologists and surgeons were supposed to have a conference this morning to determine a gameplan for Mason and have a pretty solid date for surgery. The surgeons were not available to meet due to an immediate heart transplant that had to take place. Obviously this is understandable, our prayers go out to the child that needed the transplant as well as to his/her family. We also know that in order to get a heart another child had to pass away so our prayers are with that family as well.

The conference has been rescheduled for Wednesday morning, hopefully we'll get some news as to when Mason's surgery will take place. Kelsey was discharged from the hospital today and is feeling pretty good. She's obviously very sore after 72 hours of labor but is holding up well. We have been able to see Mason everyday. We usually spend a couple hours at a time staring at him, touching his legs and putting a binky in his mouth if he gets a little fussy. Kelsey did get to hold him yesterday for a short time, however because of his high oxygen levels he needs to stay under a hood to keep those down. It was breathtaking to watch my wife hold our son and whisper sweet sounds him, for those few moments all the pain and worries were gone. We are both so excited to be able to do that as much as we want in the near future.

Now that Kelsey is out of the hospital we have moved into our new home away from hom. With a special thanks to Bob and Karen Ziggler we are staying in an RV trailer right on Children's Hospital campus. It's an easy walk (ride in the wheelchair for Kelsey) to Mason's room, plus we get a little excercise.

Please pray for Mason to be strong willed and resilient. Kelsey and I know he already has these characteristics because of all the lines running in and of his body. He is not sedated or on pain medications and just sleeps in peace as if he were still in his mothers womb. We would also like to see his oxygen levels come down a bit to help him stabilize and prepare for surgery. And last but not least, please pray for my wife as she has had a lot to endure.

Thank you and we love you all!!

Greg and Kelsey

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mason has Arrived!

Friends,

Let me start out by saying that I have always had tremendous respect for my wife, but the last 72 hours has taken it to a whole new level. Kelsey has gone thru and is still going through some of the most intense pain I could ever imagine. So to all you women out there, God Bless you because the men in this world have it pretty easy when it comes to making babies.

Mason is doing great! He was born June 20th at 8:27pm, 9.45lbs and 21.5" long. God certainly answered prayers making Mason a large baby in order to cope with the surgeries ahead. Kelsey did such an incredible job trying to get Mason out, but the size of him and the position he was in was causing a great amount of pain for Kelsey to endure. She fought through it for 3.5 hours but it was obvious we were going to have to go an alternate route. We elected to have a c-section, which Kelsey handled very well. About 45 minutes later Mason was born and being stablized. I was not able to be in the room when he was born so I was extremely excited to see Kelsey when she woke up. When the doctors rolled her in she openened her eyes and asked, "how's Mason?" From day one Kelsey has been careless of all the physical pain she has gone through, the toughest pain for her has been not being able to hold her son and see him regularly.

So, Mason is here and is doing very well. I won't lie, it is difficult to see him on a tiny bed surrounded by a plastic box, but we both know everything he has to go through is for his own health and will allow us to enjoy the rest of our lives with him.

I did talk to the cardiologist and he said there will be a conference regarding Mason on Monday. At this conference they will discuss strategies for fixing Mason's heart and when his likely surgery date will be. Until then, Kelsey and I will enjoy each others company and hopefully spend as much time as possible by his side. Thank you for keeping in the loop, can't wait to see everyone.

God Bless,


Greg & Kelsey

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

And...Again.

Okay, so we went to the hospital last night and spent nearly seven hours preparing for labor, most of which was sitting around watching America's Got Talent. Apparently labor and delivery here at UW was extremely busy last night, so needless to say our stay was quite short. Since Kelsey's induction had not started yet the doctor asked if we "would rather sleep in our own bed." In other words, we would like to use your room for somebody who is actually in active labor. So, the hospital offered to set us up in one of their apartments because we were to come back at 7am. It didn't make much sense to us to drive all the way to Stanwood just to turn around and come back during rush hour 5 hours later.

We packed our things and headed off to the apartment, boy was she a beauty. Aside from the sirens every 15 minutes, the mysterious stains all over the carpet, and the remote control that only work a foot from the TV, it was a great place. We didn't care, however. All we wanted to do was go to sleep, wake up and go back to the hospital so we could get things going.

Well, unfortunately we slept, woke up, and were asked to call at 2pm. So instead of hanging out in Seattle all day at our beautiful apartment we decided to head back to Lake Stevens and hang out with Kelsey's mom and watch movies.

All in all it was quite the whirl wind, but we understand we're not the only people in the hospital having a baby. We know this experience is just a small part of what lies ahead. We're back in the hospital and ready for another go'round. Hopefully we'll all get to meet Mason in a day or so!!

By the way, we ended up with a great view from yesterday. We previously had this ugly view of Lake Washington, now we get to see HUSKY STADIUM!!

Thanks for checking in,

Greg and Kelsey

Sunday, June 15, 2008

HERE WE GO!!!

Hello Everyone!!

Well, the day has finally come. Kelsey and I are scheduled to go to UW tomorrow (Monday, 6/16) for induction. It is truly a blessing that Mason made it this far into the pregnancy. His lungs and other organs should be well developed and ready to tackle anything that comes his way.

We do not know when exactly we'll be going into the hospital, but we should be getting a call in the morning. I know it has been awhile since this website has been updated, but like the old saying goes...no news is good news. Since our "Big Scare" last month things have been smooth sailing. They put Kelsey on bed rest (if you want to call it that) and it drastically improved her health. The doctors at Children's (Dr. Holmgeren inparticular) have been so wonderful to deal with. They have really helped ease the ups and downs we have gone through over the past several months.

The updates to this blog will be more frequent now that changes will be more frequent. Please check often for news on Mason's health, Kelsey and I believe this blog will be filled with positive reports.

And last but not least we just want to thank you all again for your support and prayers. Kelsey and I reflect often on how hard it would be to go through this without the support of family and friends like you all. And we definitely could not imagine not having God's shoulder to lean on in a time like this.

So thank you to you all and God Bless!!!

Greg & Kelsey
 
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